.. or the strivings to becoming a Zhen 真人 an authentic human being
The basis of Daoist practice
is a life of cultivation of 神, 氣, 精 /
simply translated as Spirit/Mind/Body.
Human life is seen to be experienced through
神 : spirit-consciousness-cognition-awareness
and one engages in action through
Xin 心 Heart-mind : faculties of mind, virtue & humanity
(note: not acting separately; which would be seen as pathology).
The implication is that one finds or uncovers what it is to be
human / a human / humane / in human life / experience as a human being
´through cultivation`, through ´dropping away` and ´refining`.
There is a sense of returning to or revealing the true or authentic nature
of a more original state of human experience.
The term used in Daoism is Zhen
´an authentic human being` .
The character 人 means Human;
the character 真 Zhen implies being true or genuine. 真人
That is a human being who has ´returned to their own nature`
or an original nature beyond the constraints of Heaven & Earth;
That is not being false, superficial or outward,
and being able to transcend ordinary ways of living,
such as caught in conceptual thought & the bindings of the physical body
Allowing one to be, or returning one into
a ´fully` developed state of awareness,
integration and harmony with existence.
´authentic to a more original way of being in human life `
(All my words & clumsy explanations)
As the heading for my website
I am using the rather poor translation of ´truly human` :
so my ´ `
or some kind of path to understand
what it is to be an ´authentic human being`
… and then maybe get a glimpse of how that experience would be;
with great thanks to such beings as Jeffrey Yuen,
through whom I have had a chance to sense how it is to live as such a presence;
and this gives the possibility to somehow work out how I might edge towards
just a little bit more of that
as the way of being in my own daily life.
Just maybe ….